ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Governor Bruce Rauner and the State of Illinois are being sued.
A group is claiming it’s owed $100 million as Illinois lawmakers still try to agree on a balanced budget.
Sinnissippi Centers in Dixon is one of 64 separate Illinois-based Human and Social Service Agencies filing the lawsuit. The coalition called “Pay Now Illinois” claims the governor and other state officials have violated a signed contract guaranteeing funding. They say Rauner and other members of the state have acted illegally by failing to make payments on contracts while still enforcing them.
The coalition says it’s not about what they haven’t been able to do until now, it’s about how much longer services will be able to survive.
"We're not asking for punitive damages. We're not asking for the return of dollars that have cut in previous budgets. Really all we're asking is for being paid on a contract that both parties signed and agreed to,” says Sinnissippi Centers President/CEO Patrick Phelan.
The lawsuit was started by Illinois Collaboration on Youth or I-COY.